Public Resource

Beat the Heat: Extreme Heat Risk Perceptions & Air Conditioning Ownership in California

Lauren Kim, et al. Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
07-08-2021

Using data from the Heatwave Risk Perceptions map, researchers found that:

  • Women in California are more worried than men about the risk of extreme heat events; and non-White Hispanic residents are more worried than respondents who identified as “White” or “Other"
  • Even though the elderly are more vulnerable to heat, we also found that older populations are the least worried about these threats
  • Three times as many Democrats (27%) as Republicans (9%) are “very worried” about the local occurrence of extreme heat waves
  • Fewer Hispanic respondents (48%) have central AC compared to White, non-Hispanic respondents (58%). Respondents who are homeowners (59%) are more likely to have central AC than renters (39%).